Chief Magistrate Davis speaking with community members and others at the town hall meeting about the Justice of the Peace Court’s plans for a community court.
The Justice of the Peace Court’s work towards establishing the State’s first Community Court continues. The proposed new court will combine two existing Justice of the Peace Courts into one location within the City of Wilmington and introduce community court principles in the new court building. In January 2012, the Court began working with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to accomplish this goal and has conducted strategic planning sessions.
On June 19, 2013, the Court convened a meeting for local community members and other potential stakeholders to introduce them to the Community Court concept. The town hall meeting was held in the Northeast State Service Center in Wilmington and was attended by approximately 60 community members, justice system stakeholders, and community organizations. CCI’s Danielle Malangone and Carmen Facciolo presented on the community court model, its replication around the world, and community court results. After the presentation by CCI, Chief Magistrate Alan Davis and Court Administrator Marianne Kennedy provided an overview of the Justice of the Peace Court’s efforts and answered questions from members of the audience. The reaction from the local community members was positive and overwhelmingly supportive for the new court.